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Plenty of restocking orders in play at Wagga Wagga

Yarding - 34,000 (+7700).
Lambs - 22,000 (+2000).
Sheep - 12,000 (+5700).
Lamb supplies declined with harvest still taking precedence for many producers. The quality of the new season trade lambs improved. Young lambs shorn were in greater numbers and all buyers were keen to secure supplies. Heavy lamb were reasonable with a few more pens of lambs weighing more than 30kg carcase weight. There were plenty of restocking orders in play which meant processors struggled to match prices given. A full field of buyers were in attendance and all were operating.
In the trade market all major domestic processors operated for the first time in several weeks. Buyers paid premium prices for the shorn portion. New season lambs 22 to 24kg reached $200/head to average 790c/kg cwt. Merino trade lambs were limited with the bulk of these lambs making from $145 to 186/head. There was a very mixed selection of lambs to suit restockers. The general run of lambs carrying some weight and frame sold from $150 to $188/head. A bigger field of export buyers were at the rail however some companies did not operate to capacity. Lambs 24 to 26kg carcase weight sold from $190 to $210/head. Lambs weighing 26kg plus sold up to $15 dearer, with the shorn portion igniting the bidding to sell from $200 to $279/head.
It was a mixed quality yarding of sheep and not all buyers operated. Heavy ewes sold to strong northern demand to average from 610c to639c/kg. Heavy Merino wethers made from $178 to $210/head. Trade sheep averaged 611c/kg cwt.


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